The Dog That Adopted a School
So far as we know, He was the only dog to be buried on the school campus, with a monument erected over his grave by the boys and girls who loved him so well.
G. H. S. Mascot
Killed June 13, 1943
These words on a granite marker recall the story of a little dog so devoted to a school and its various activities that he was buried on the campus. The memorial stands just at the foot of the flagpole on Grainger High School campus in Kinston and marks the grave of the gayest, friendliest little dog that ever adopted an entire school.
Juicy must have had a good master somewhere in town or in the outlying area of Kinston, because when he first appeared at school he was plump and evidently had been eating well. No one ever knew where he came from and I don't recall who it was that first called him by his rather incongruous name. The little black and white dog first joined the younger boys on the back campus. They shared their lunches with him, and after that he joined in their ball games, racing madly back and forth in the endeavor to catch their ball.
Later he invaded the corridors, and he often wandered into the auditorium when an assembly program was in progress. A dog in school usually is regarded as a novelty. Pupils laugh at his appearance, and their attention is distracted from their studies. This may have been the case for a period after Juicy arrived at Grainger, but in a very little while nobody paid any particular attention to his wanderings from one classroom to another. So well behaved was he that not even the teachers objected to his presence. So Juicy was given a free rein and went and came as he pleased.
Wouldn't Be Denied
One day when the school band was going to Caswell Training School, a few miles distant, to give a concert, Juicy trotted about expectantly as members gathered about the bus. But when he tried to get aboard, the band director vetoed the attempt, and the bus driver announced emphatically that no dog could ride in the vehicle. So the bus started off without the dog. Undeterred, however, Juicy raced the bus for half a mile until even the driver felt sorry and yielded to the band members' pleadings. The bus was stopped and Juicy was taken up.
Had to be Curbed
Finally the distracted sponsor appealed to the principal, declaring that Juicy would certainly be on hand for the commencement exercises and probably would steal the entire show. "Don't worry," he chuckled. "I have already engaged bed and board for our friend throughout the whole program — with the janitor." And so he was kindly but firmly restrained from joining the seniors at the closing program much to the disappointment of many of them. As a matter of fact, a few protested and begged that the dog be allowed to be with them. "It doesn't seem natural not to have him around," said one girl. "He's been with us all year and he ought to see us graduate." Finally, however, it was agreed that it would be best for all concerned if Juicy were conspicuous by his absence.
By LEONORA H. WATTS, Teacher, Senior English